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After the Vietnam War, soldiers suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder in countless numbers. The injury they saw, suffered, and observed forever changed and scared their lives. Men, such as Tim O'Brien the author of the book The Things They Carried, suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and it took them years to regain their own lives following their return home. In the excerpt from his novel, O'Brien shows the reader how a men suffered this mind-altering experience in the jungles of Vietnam through the specifics of all of the items the men take. Men at the Vietnam War did not understand why they were there fighting in Vietnam and what their purpose was there. America justified their participation in the war by claiming that they had been combating communism and preventing communistic North Vietnam from taking over the more democratic South Vietnam. This affected the soldiers because they didn't know why they had been there killing the innocent villagers and civilians. They ruined land and crops to fight the Viet Cong and the effects of Agent Orange, the toxin used to destroy the plant, are still prevalent today. A second reason that the United States (U.S.) warranted their response from the Vietnam War was supposed to avoid the spread of communism around Asia. The U.S. developed all the Domino Theory and stated that when Vietnam became a democratic nation then so would the countries around it and so forth and so forth (Herring). This war on communism did not bring any solutions since even now Vietnam is still a communist country; consequently, the soldiers don't feel they'd fought for a true cause. No one obtained anything which has been satisfactory to him or her from the war. The men ended up moving home scared for life in the violence and deat...